Back to school season may be over but I still have four more weeks until I go back to university. I will start my third semester in Octobre which is insane because I still feel like I just started my first one. The good news is I still love university as much as I did on day one. Once a nerd, always a nerd. But that is not what I want to talk about this week. A couple days ago motivation hit me and I started planning the upcoming semester in my journals. I know I am late to the party but this week I want to show you how I prepare for back to school and besides I think you can still start planning when you are already back at school.
Today I want to share another journal with me video with you guys because I felt very inspired yesterday and just felt like filming it. I got the inspiration for this from @laia_journal who posts a free printable with pictures for you to use on her blog every Sunday. I love how aesthetic her collection looks every week and wanted to try to make an aesthetic collection myself. Since I was doing it digitally I figured I might as well turn it into a printable as well.
For the printable, I had to remove one of the pictures I was using because when I looked up the credits I found out that someone was actually selling it online and I didn’t want to get into any trouble but you can find that picture on Pinterest. I have a special board with all the pictures I used off there.
Hello there and welcome to my first post on my very own self-hosted website. Today I want to share a journal with me video with you guys. Since it is the end of summer and we are heading right into fall I wanted to make a little summer 19 recap in my journal. I didn’t do anything special this summer because I have been working so the page turned out to be more about what has been happening lately.
Since I wanted the page to represent summer I went with bright colors and ended up making a rainbow background.
It took me almost five hours to get this video ready and I am glad I finally finished editing it. Will I ever learn how to edit videos properly? Probably not. Because I had no patience left to plan my voice over this video turned out to be quiet chatty but I like that. Maybe I should do that more often. What do you think?
This Blog post is from my old website before I switched to self-hosting. It was published on April 28, 2019
Almost everywhere I go my traveler’s notebook comes there with me. I have had it for about a year now and I am still head over toes in love with it. Over the last twelve months I have been trying out a couple of different set ups and I feel like I have finally found the right one for me.
If you open it up there are two pockets on the left side which come in very handy if want to take any ephemera with me. There is also one bigger pocket in the back which I use a lot more often. I put a pin from an Etsy Shop on the first pocket and recently added a picture of me that I really liked to the bottom pocket since I didn’t know where to put it in my journal insert.
On the right side you can see my current journal insert. I didn’t know how to decorate the cover so I used it as a regular journal page instead and I ended up loving it.
Inside my traveler’s notebook I keep three inserts in total. Besides my regular journal I have to smaller inserts in the back. Both of them are little booklets that came with a flow magazine. I use the smaller one to write down random thoughts or things I rather keep to myself. I also use this notebook if I want to write something down without creating a whole journal page.
The lager booklet contains ramdom things I wanted to remember. It is basically a physical pinterest board. Inside I keep magazine cutouts or lists with journal prompts…
And that is it for my traveler’s notebook set up. It really does work wonders for me. Do you have a traveler’s notebook and if you do how many inserts do you keep inside?
This Blog post is from my old website before I switched to self-hosting. It was published on November 25, 2018
Who doesn’t know that moment when you desperately need to write something down on your journal but have no idea how to make the page look cute. I sure know that feeling and it can be very frustrating. Usually, I keep staring at the page which makes it even worse but over time I have collected a couple of simple decoration ideas that I always go to when I have no other idea. Today I want to share those ideas with you guys. Do you have a go-to spread?
Adding a sticker in the right bottom corner
I love stickers and over the last couple of years, I have collected a tone of them. If you want to go for a quick and very simple page decoration they are a great choice and depending on the sticker you use each page looks different. You can also mix things up by placing the sticker anywhere else on the page or drawing your own doodles instead of going with a sticker.
Draw out a key word
If you don’t have anything do use to decorate with you this is a super easy way to add something to your page. Choose a key word for your page and write it out big. You can choose different fonts and colors and you can always choose another spot to place your word. You could also add a definition underneath.
Make big paragraph titles
This is something I think looks super cute but I kind of forgott about. Choose paragraph titles or key sentences and write them out bigger than your other writing. This is similar to writing out your keyword super big. If you do this it is also easier to know what your page is about when you flip through your journal later on.
Make a patterned background
This is something I started doing after reading @agirlwithajournal’s journal prompts class and I have been in love with it ever since. To decorate a page I choose a pattern to draw with my watercolors. Most of the time I go with circles, triangles or stripes. The process of drawing a pattern is also super relaxing. Once it has dried I then write over it.
Stick something on one side of the page
This is a great thing to do when you don’t have a lot to write. In the picture above I just put a magazine cutout on the right side of the page but there a lot more things you can use. You can use journaling card, write out quotes or lyrics or draw one big doodle on one side.
And that is it for my five go to page decorations for when I have no inspiration to do anything fancy. Thank you so much for reading until the end. Are you going to give any of these a try?
This Blog post is from my old website before I switched to self-hosting. It was published on August 15, 2018
Over the last couple of months, I stumbled over the same problem a couple of times. For example, after I went to my prom and graduation. I had an amazing evening and of course, I wanted to journal about it right away but I didn’t get the pictures from that day until almost a month later. I knew I probably had to wait for them for a while but I still wanted to include my pictures on my page from that day. Luckily I found a way to work out my problem without having to wait for the pictures to work on my journal page. I worked on my page without even worrying about having to include the pictures and added them later using a little envelope. Here is how I did it.
This is the page I made right after prom. It already has two tip-ins on it. The cover of the program with some pictures I took myself on the back and my ticket with a picture on the back as well. The page is filled with writing and frankly, there wasn’t much space left to include much more pictures. Not even as tip-ins.
First I printed all my pictures using my dad’s old printer because I didn’t manage to print them properly at the store. I just couldn’t wait to get started. I printed them pretty small so nine pictures would fit on an DIN A4 sheet of paper and then cut them all out.
Next, I made a little envelope to put the pictures in. Since my page already was white and gold I used some white cardstock with some gold foiled hearts on it. Since I already loved the cute pattern I didn’t have to do a lot of decoration. All I did was label the envelope with “pictures” and added a little camera sticker. The gold foil is very shiny as you might see in the picture. I did forget to make sure the hearts were right side up but I still think my envelope turned out pretty cute.
Last but not least I put the pictures inside and stuck the envelope on to my page just like a normal tip-in. Now I just have to flap it out and I can take out the pictures to look at them. It was really hard to take a picture of this though as I had only one page to old the journal and it kept closing : )
I feel like the envelope is a cute little addition to this page and now I can keep all my memories from that night on one page. I did do an envelope tip-in to hold some more pictures before and I loved how that turned out as well. There is something special about printing out pictures. Most of the time I feel like if I don’t they will all get lost on my computer. By printing them out and putting them in my journal I make sure I won’t lose them and can come back to all the wonderful memories as well. What do you think about this?
This Blog post is from my old website before I switched to self-hosting. It was published on July 25, 2018
Personally, I am someone who only functions when there is a goal to work up to. For the last two years, my goal was to graduate high school with good grades and that was what kept me going every day. After my exams were over I had a problem and ended up having a little crisis. Since I had no goal I had no reason to get up in the morning and do anything and I ended up feeling bad for weeks. That time taught me how important goals are for me.
I believe that setting yourself goals is crucial if you want to achieve anything in your life but it is also important that you set yourself realistic goals you can actually achieve. If you set yourself goals you can’t achieve you probably will end up frustrated and feel bad which is the opposite of what you want to happen. Today I want to share with you how I set my goals and what I do to achieve them.
1. Think about what you don’t like about your current situation
Sometimes it can be difficult to find a goal you want to achieve that are realistic. You can always set yourself the goal to become a unicorn but let’s be honest. That is never going to happen. But what you can do is to think about what you don’t like about your current situation and how you can change that. For example, you don’t like how messy your room is. Now that is something you can actually change. You can start by setting yourself the goal to tidy up your room every night before you go to sleep for at least five minutes, which leads me to my next point.
2. Break down your goals to specific tasks
You can always set yourself the goal to be cleaner but most of the time you will end up changing nothing but thinking about it. But if you do set yourself the goal to clean the kitchen once a day or to tidy up your room for five minutes before you go to bed you are more likely to actually do it because you have one specific task.
3. Work your goal into your daily routine
I want to come back to my example of cleaning your room before you go to bed one more time. There are two ways to set your goal. You can either say you want to clean your room at least for five minutes once a day or you can say you want to clean your room for at least five minutes before you go to bed. From my experience, I learned that when you do the first one you will end up putting it back over the whole day and end up doing nothing at all. If you don’t set yourself a specific time you will always have the thought of being able to do your task later in the back of your mind. Another reason why it helps to work your goal into your daily routine is that it is a lot easier to stick to it if it becomes part of your routine.
4. Write it down
I am a fan of writing everything down but when it comes to setting yourself goals and sticking to them writing them down is crucial for me. When you write your goals down your idea becomes a plan. Personally, I like to write down my goals in my journal but you can also write them down on flashcards and put them up in your room to constantly remind yourself of them.
5. Share your goals
If I tell someone about my goals I feel like I am bound to them. Now that I told someone I have to do it or else it will look stupid. If your goals aren’t too personal you can always share them online or you can tell them a friend. Maybe you will find someone who has the same goal and you can work towards it together by motivating each other. I have always wanted to try that.
I hope these tips help you to set yourself goals and to follow through with them. Is there anything that helps you that I didn’t mention yet? I would love to know
This Blog post is from my old website before I switched to self-hosting. It was published on June 20, 2018
There are only three pages left in my first traveler’s notebook insert. I can’t believe it filled up this fast. I have been in this insert for about for months now in which Inserts became my new favorite thing to write in and I can’t wait to decorate my new one. I am already looking for ideas. Besides being excited about moving into a new insert I wanted to try something new and added some more bits and pieces to the insert I am about to finish which I want to show you today.
When I started this insert I didn’t know what to put on the first page. At first, I wanted to add a quote but I couldn’t find one that fit and I never found a better idea. I never liked that my first page was empty and that the ink I wrote with on the other page bled through. Now that I am at the end of this insert I finally had an idea on what to do with this page. I decided to include a table of content. Although my old journal had a table of content which I never really used I wanted to include something in this journal that would make it easier to find certain events or times I went through. I am currently in the process of graduating and I thought I might want to skip through that time in my life someday.
Table of content
First I skipped through my whole journal and numbered every single page. Of course, I didn’t notice I missed four pages until I was done and had to cross some of the numbers I had already written but I decided not to worry about that. I worry too much about making everything perfect.
Next, I created a background using some cardstock and glued some ripped graph paper on top. Then I went through my insert again and added all the event I thought I might look for in a couple of years to my table of content.
I also wanted to add some tabs which turned out to be harder than I thought because I didn’t leave any space at the end of the page. Instead, I pretty much wrote up to the edge of the paper. I got the idea from @agirlwithajournal and @megjournals because they are both obsessed with them and decided to give it a try. I went through my journal once more and added some very small tabs wherever I found some space. In the end, I ended up really liking them and decided to leave some space to add tabs in my next insert.
Is there anything you do once you are heading towards finishing your journal?
This Blog post is from my old website before I switched to self-hosting. It was published on January 28, 2018
This is my new Diary. I finished the last page of my old journal on January 24 and I am going to do a flip through of it very soon. But for today I want to show you my new diary. I am really excited about it because not only do I love the way it looks but I also made it myself. It is one of my first handmade journals that I am also selling in my Etsy Shop. I made it from an old book by replacing the pages with blank paper.
For the first page, I added my contact so in case I’ll lose my diary, which I hope I never will, it can find it’s way back to me. I also added a warning for anyone not to keep reading.
On the next page, I added my traditional welcome page. In every journal, I start with a welcoming page in which my journal tells me a little bit more about itself. I really like doing this pages because it is an opportunity to reflect on what you want to write about and what might be coming up.
For my first entry, I tried to experiment with the new layout and I absolutely love it. My only concern is that since this notebook as about 500 pages it will become really, really big over time.
Do you have a diary? If you do, do you have any special pages you always include?